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Talking and Driving Now Illegal In Illinois

Texting and driving has been illegal in Illinois for some time now. For those of you who like to talk and drive, be aware-or beware-that the General Assembly has passed a blanket ban on all uses of "electronic communication devices" while driving. The amended law now prohibits the use of the following devices for any purpose: hand-held wireless telephones, hand-held personal digital assistants, and portable or mobile computers. This means that you will risk being ticketed if you hold a cell phone to your ear while talking to your grandma on the other end. A sure way to avoid such a situation is to buy-and actually use-a hands-free device; the device must be capable of answering calls by pressing a single button. Further, the law does not prohibit use of global positioning systems (GPS), navigation systems, and devices that are physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle.

Slower Speeding to Become Potential Jail Time in Illinois

Driving 26 mph Over the Speed Limit Now a Class B Misdemeanor
SPEEDERS BEWARE: Driving 26 mph in excess of the speed limit will now be a Class B misdemeanor in Illinois, effective January 1, 2014. The legislature amended the law to lower the cut-off speed from 31 mph to 26 mph.

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